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02/17/2010- by Natasia Langfelder

Jillian Michaels, America’s favorite bisexual, butt-kicking weight loss guru, is being sued again. This is the third time that Michaels is being sued over her line of diet supplements. TMZ is reporting that Kathy Hensley filed a class action suit against Michaels today Hensley claims one of the pill’s ingredients, citrus aurantium,  is “potentially lethal” and known to cause high blood pressure and serious cardiac problems in certain individuals, especially when combined with the other ingredients in the pills.

Hensley filed the class action lawsuit against Jillian, Thin Care, Basic Research and Walgreens. She is suing for less than $5,000,000. She also attacks Michaels, saying that Michaels “”sold her proverbial soul to the devil” by creating this weight loss product in tandem with Thin Care and Basic Research.

The pill in question is the Jillian Michaels Maximum Strength Fat Burner. Michaels offers five different weightloss pills: The Jillian Michaels JumpStart 14 Day Cleanse & Burn, The Jillian Michaels QuickStart Detox & Cleanse Combo, The Jillian Michaels QuickStart Rapid Weight Loss System, The Jillian Michaels Triple Process Total Body Detox & Cleanse Plus Probiotic Replenishment,  The Jillian Michaels Maximum Strength Fat Burner and The Jillian Michaels Maximum Strength Calorie Control.

Confused yet? These myriad of pills are confusingly named. If you read the benefits of each different pill, it gets confusing as to which pill provides which benefit and which is the best for you, if any. It’s odd that Michaels, who promotes healthy eating and exercise, would promote diet pills, which are generally recognized as having very limited benefits.

The popular website, Dietsinreview.com reviews Michaels weight loss products and comes up with a pretty succinct review:

Diet pills are never an answer to weight loss and no one should know this better than diet guru Jillian Michaels. The launch of her own diet supplement system therefore comes as a bit of a disappointment to those who eschew pill popping for the tried-and-true regimen of diet and exercise in order to lose weight.

Her Quickstart Rapid Weight Loss System might confuse her devoted followers and send the wrong message to anyone looking to lose weight the old-fashioned but proven way.

However, if you are interested in using Jillian Michaels Quickstart weight loss pills, then speak with your doctor before beginning.

One has to wonder is Michaels has become an easy target for suits, as tends to happen to some celebrities and politians as their fame and earning power increases. Or if Michaels really lent her name to a dangerous product in order to cash in on her brand at a time where she is a hot commodity. Fame is often fleeting and it’s possible that Michaels is seeking to cash in while she’s still on top. I hope that is not the case. Michaels has always portrayed herself well in the media and genuinely cares about the contestants she trains on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.”

Michaels lawyers released a statement on her behalf after the initial lawsuit stating that Michaels is confident she will be vindicated of these claims.    

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